Below is a typical programme for a day. However between 10:00 and 4:30 the teacher sets the timetable and it varies from day retreat to day retreat. Some teachers spend quite a bit of time talking on the theme and some are more brief. Often there will be one walking meditation session where beginners can join the teach in a side room and ask questions.
But given that, the outline below gives you an idea of what a typical day is like.
9.30 Arrival, registration. Hot drinks available
10.00 Teacher introduces theme for the day
10.30 -1.00 Periods of sitting and walking meditation, perhaps alternating 30 minutes of each. Short question and answer session.
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch, usually in silence, and free time. Volunteers help with washing up and clearing tables. Hot drinks available
2.00 – 3.00 A talk by the teacher
3.00 – 4.00 Walking and sitting meditation
4.00 – 4.30 Questions and answers, information about future events
4.30 – 5.00 Time to talk with other participants over tea. Opportunity to make a voluntary contribution to the teacher
5.00 – 5.30 Final clear up, helped by volunteers